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The Emotional Challenges of Videotaping a Wedding

Weddings are a time to celebrate the new life that is beginning between two individuals in a trusting, committed relationship. However, certain life situations may create a more bittersweet environment for the couple and their guests. Having a videographer who can tactfully deal with these difficult situations is a valuable resource.


The realities of life are not put on hold in the weeks and months leading up to a wedding. Life has all sorts of comings and goings, and the passing of a loved one, like a parent or grandparent, can create a very unique atmosphere. The wedding should still be celebrated, but the bride and groom with a recently deceased relative may want to commemorate that loved one’s memory.


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A bride with her grandpa in a wheelchair

Video footage can provide a very special way to document both a marriage and the friends and family who attend the ceremony, but also those who couldn’t make it. For one woman, videotaping a dance with her dying father provided a special memento on the day of her wedding, as this video post from NBC’s Today show describes.


These difficult situations require video professionals who are not simply knowledgeable of their equipment; they must also be able to sympathize and anticipate a client’s emotional wants. No family will simply want to gloss over a recent loss when all of the relatives will be congregating to celebrate an important family event. There are many healing ways that a video record can be used to memorialize a recent passing in a tactful way.


In my own experiences, I worked with one in recent years that was about to go through a loss in the family. The groom’s father had been ill, and the guests, many of which were close friends and family, knew that this would likely be one of the last times they’d see him. We worked very hard to ensure that we not only got all the footage of the wedding, but that we captured plenty of video with the father, who had gotten out of the hospital just to be at the wedding. That video became a treasured keepsake for many reasons.


Each wedding is going to have some very special emotional triggers. Some couples may have a first dance or a dance with their mother or father that might be special for reasons outside of the occasion. Whatever the special nature to the event may be, Keon Films will provide a tasteful way to incorporate it into our video footage. We serve Boston, MA, and the surrounding suburbs.

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The Flash Mob Phenomenon At Weddings

Sorry if you’re sick of flash mobs since they’ve been creeping up on the internet everywhere. Viral videos of groups of people breaking out into synchronized dancing are being shared more frequently, and one of the areas where it’s been done the most is at weddings.  Reception, proposal and wedding party flash mobs have been recorded, put online and shared at a high rate. No matter how you feel about a flash mob, they’re pretty fun, quirky and a great edition to your wedding day experience.


For wedding videos, they’re a great centerpiece and certainly a highlight of the night you’ll want to re-live. If you’re already on the fence about having a flash mob at your wedding, here’s some tips for an easy flash mob according to


  1. Share your dance moves online – A flask mob takes a dose of choreography and teaching. Otherwise, how would anyone know what to do?  If you’re the choreographer, record yourself demonstrating the moves along with the music.  You can share it with the other mob members in order for them to learn the moves and practice in time for the big moment. Through online video sharing and email, it’ll be easy to distribute the video to other members of the mob.
  2. Keep it easy – “Any time you’re asking a large group of people to participate in an activity, the simpler you can make it, the better.”  You never know how many people are going to practice, what shape they’re going to be in for the reception and if they’ll remember the dance when it comes down to getting out on the floor. The simpler you can make, the easier it will transfer over for the live performance. Also, from a video and filmmaking standpoint, the easier it is, the more in sync everyone will be and cooler it will look.
  3. No pressure – Some people will want to participate, and some won’t.  You never know where people’s head will be for a flash mob. Just let them know there’s no pressure to perform.  If someone doesn’t want to, it’s ok not to. Flash mobs just aren’t for everyone.
  4. Stay organized – Don’t forget to send reminders, but don’t harass people either. No one wants to go to a wedding where they feel like they have homework.  Just remember who’s in the flash mob, who wants to be in it, and who will have key roles. A friendly email reminder a week or two before the wedding with a link to the video is fine.


I’ll make sure I get the flash mob video on film. Together we can capture a special, fun and memorable moment on video.  We might be able to get it to go viral and share your wedding with more than the people you know in Boston.

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